Read Matthew 2:1-6
The journey to the hospital for a baby’s birth is familiar: suitcase packed and sitting by the door, route laid out. First-time parents rehearse the trip, often with comic results.
But the journey is actually serious stuff. Suppose the route is unclear or the destination unknown. Only the urgency of birth would force someone to set out on such an uncertain journey.
These advisors to an eastern ruler set out in search of a new king. They traveled by day and checked their coordinates at night. All they have to go on is an ancient prophecy and the strange and wonderful star that recently appeared.
But a promise is enough to keep them moving.
How odd it seems that these Magi who are not followers of Yahweh should believe and take action, and Herod, who should have known the prophecy in detail, is apparently ignorant of the Messiah or the place of tiny Bethlehem in his coming.
Pray Lord, help me to hold tightly to your promises and to move ahead because of them.
We’ll post a new Christmas devotional by Eric Reed every Monday; read them all in the Nov. 25 issue of the Illinois Baptist, online here.